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Associate Professor and Chair Michael Hagge was appointed to the Green Fee Committee. This committee decides how to use the funds generated by the Sustainable Campus Fee paid by students.

Professor Jenna Thompson worked with U of M Sustainability Coordinator Amelia Mayahi to plan activities for the U of M “Celebrate Recycling” events that took place this past November. Thompson also arranged a lecture at which Jack Cowan of Cowan House spoke about strategies for designing a Net Zero home.


Donalyn Heise, along with Dr. Laura MacGillivray, associate professor of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership, organized an event, Mothers Reflect on a Family Art and Literacy Program in the Midst of Recovery, as part of her ongoing collaboration with the Salvation Army Renewal Place this past fall. Heise created this program so that mothers who are homeless, have addictions, and have a child under 10 years old can read children’s literature and explore and create works of art.

Museum Media Specialist Jason Miller curated a show entitled “Circuitous Succession” between July and November 2013. The exhibition was presented in sixteen installments at Gasoline Gallery on Broad Avenue.

Assistant Professor Todd Richardson accepted an award on behalf of the Crosstown Development Project at the Memphis Business Quarterly Innovation Awards Breakfast. He is the co-director of Crosstown Arts.


Dr. Michael Osborn, professor emeritus, and his wife, Dr. Suzanne Osborn, were honored at this year’s National Communication Association for their support of the outstanding community college educator award. The award has been renamed The Michael and Suzanne Osborn Community College Outstanding Educator Award in their honor.


Professor Lily Afshar released a new album, Musica da Camera. The album features Upensky’s “Musical Sketches on Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin” and music by Paganini and Piazzolla, as well as performances by faculty members, Jim Gholson, Daniel Gilbert, Tim ShiuAnthony Gilbert, Leonardo Altino, John Chiego and Frank Schaffer.

Dr. Victor Asunción was recently added to the Steinway Artist roster. This distinction places Dr. Asunción in an ultra-elite group of performing musicians recognized by the iconic piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons.

Professor Kamran Ince received a $7,500 Arts and Letters Award in Music for 2013 from the Alumni Association. This award honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice.


Professor Robert Hetherington was named Provost Fellow for 2013-2014 to work on special projects related to academic planning for the University of Memphis. He was also commissioned by The Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival to write essays for their current seasons. Additionally, Rhodes College asked Robert to act as a guest director for their production, Anton in Show Business.



Mary Haizlip (BST ’99) was recently profiled in The Commercial Appeal with her husband, Reb, for their successful careers as museum architects. Past projects of this couple and their company, Haizlip Studio, include the University Center at University of Memphis, Starry Nights, My Big Backyard Children's Garden at Memphis Botanic Garden and the Tunica County Museum in Mississippi.


Johnathan Preyer (BFA ’13) won second place for his infographic “Sitting Disease” in the Global Spa & Wellness Summit. The piece was showcased in New Delhi, India in October.

Tom Ray (BFA ’91) was featured in a recent article in the Memphis Business Journal. Ray recently began a new position as senior production manager at Oden, a Memphis company specializing in B2B marketing strategy, design, content development and technology.

Victoria Russell (MA ’07) gave a lecture at the University of Memphis on how the law, art and artifacts intersect entitled, “Caveat Emptor: International Cultural Property and the Law.” Russell is senior managing editor of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and JD candidate at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Holly Whitfield (BFA ’09) has taken over as writer for the I Love Memphis blog. Whitfield works at the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau as the new media content strategist.

Art education professionals in Tennessee have selected Briarcrest Christian School art teacher Melody Weintraub (BA ’78, MAT ’07) as the 2014 TAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year.


Jocelyn Donald (BA ’11), known as Jo’zzy in the music industry, recently released her first solo recording project entitled Twenty90s. Since graduation, Jo’zzy has worked as a songwriter collaborating with such artists as Ginuwine, Jamie Foxx, Nate Walka and Trey Songz. In July, Jo’zzy made an appearance at the Memphis Music Foundation as part of their “Backstage Pass” of music industry insider seminars.

Ruth Ann Hale (BA ’85) was named director of development and public relations for the Baddour Center in Senatobia, Mississippi. She previously worked as director of media and community relations at Methodist Healthcare for nearly 19 years.

Grant Milner (BA ’13) earned the C-USA Scholar-Athlete award this past summer. This distinction is given to students for their academic accomplishments, athletic achievement and service.

Michael Thompson (BA ’94) recently accepted the position of managing editor for Channing Bete Company, a publishing company in Massachusetts. A former Daily Helmsman editor, he previously worked in the newspaper industry for 20 years. 



MArch students Megan Hoover and Robert Taylor Jr. had models selected to be part of the “Bauhaus Twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy” traveling exhibition. The exhibit began its tour in Frankfurt, Germany, and was on display at the Art Museum at the University of Memphis this fall. BFA students James Bowles, Sarah Hawkins, Dale Harris, and Emily Sinden- Redding, alumnus Robert Paulus (BFA ‘11, MArch ’13) and Martin Pantik, undeclared student with an interest in Architecture, also had models on display in the AMUM exhibit.


Junior Kala Funderburk received a Women’s All-Academic individual honor from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


Paul Morelli was recently featured in a Commercial Appeal article outlining his history in musical studies and his future career goals. Morelli is a DMA student studying trumpet.


The Commercial Appeal recently paid homage to Rudi E. Scheidt for arranging a sale 50 years ago on behalf of Hohenberg Bros. Co. of Memphis and acquiring the first export license to ship cotton or any other commodities on credit to an Iron Curtain country. 

Dead Soldiers, band of former student Michael Jasud, was named one of the most promising new bands in a recent issue of The Commercial Appeal. Michael is the son of Associate Dean Moira Logan and Art Professor Larry Jasud.

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